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Wed
04
Mar

Dog waste piles up in Ingleside Park


From left, Randi and Reagan Bodish have grown tired of the dog waste problem in the park. The sisters have collected over 30 bags of dog waste more than once! (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Owning a dog can be a very rewarding experience. It is estimated that there are more than 77 million dogs living in the United States. The average pooch deposits approximately three-quarters of a pound of waste each day. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that just 2-3 days worth of waste from 100 dogs can contribute enough bacteria to temporarily close a watershed area to swimming or fishing within 20 miles. 

Wed
04
Mar

City budget calls for a minor reduction in property tax levy

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 9, on the budget for the coming fiscal year. For the fourth consecutive year, the new budget calls for a slight decrease in the city's tax levy rate. 

The levy rate for the current year is 15.40653 per $1,000 valuation on regular property; the new budget proposes a rate of 15.40159. The proposed budget covers the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021. 

Fri
28
Feb

Considering the financial cost of caregiving


A Lunch and Learn workshop covering the cost of caregiving was held on Feb. 6 in the GMHC education room. From left are Jeannette Mukayisire, Amy Speed, Kari Harbaugh, Amy Sadewasser, Joan Parker, Sarah Meyer, Lisa Manson, Tracy Kregel, Lynn Bockenstedt and Cheryl Jacobs. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

There are four kinds of caregivers: those who have been caregivers; those who currently are caregivers; those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers. 

Wed
26
Feb

Rightway Realty offers full real estate service


Gary Willman has been serving the real estate needs of Northeast Iowa for 44 years. His business is built on honesty, integrity and hard work. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Wed
26
Feb

Iowa farmland average value shows modest growth in 2019

According to Iowa State University, it’s been a difficult year for farmers — the planting season saw an overabundance of rain and delayed planting, the United States’ trade war with China persisted, skewing both commodity prices and demand, and farm bankruptcies rose to the highest level since 2011. 

However, favorable interest rates, strong yields, and limited land supply combined to help drive Iowa’s average farmland values up for only the second time in six years.

Wed
19
Feb

Esser's Clothing...A cornerstone business for seventy-three years


Esser’s Clothing and Connie's Apparel carries a full line of brand name, high-quality men's and women's clothing, shoes and accessories. From left are Hedda Wachendorf and owner Matt Esser. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Small town businesses are the cornerstone of a successful community. Esser's Clothing Store, located at  502 S. River Park Drive in Guttenberg, has been in the clothing business for the past 73 years. Proprietor Matt Esser purchased the business from his father in 1969. 

Esser's Clothing and Connie's Apparel

Wed
19
Feb

Exchange student shares Clayton Ridge experience


Clayton Ridge foriegn exchange student Ella Vihanto enjoys outdoor winter recreation in her home country of Finland. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Becoming a foreign exchange student is the perfect way to travel the world, meet new people, learn a new language and experience a different culture. 

Clayton Ridge High School exchange student Ella Vihanto of Sotkamo, Finland, is embracing all of the above during her yearlong hiatus from her educational studies in Finland. 

Wed
19
Feb

Council hears update on Schiller Street corridor

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on Feb. 19 heard a engineer's update on the Schiller Street Corridor project and looked at a proposal to hire an community/economic development director.

Mayor Bill Frommelt led council members Jane Parker, Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, Austin Greve and Mick Pierce through the evening's agenda. Also at the council table were City Manager Denise Schneider and City Attorney Michael Schuster.

Wed
12
Feb

Tom Kuempel shares memories of growing up in the hardware business


Kuempel Hardware has served the community for more than a century. Tom Kuempel has recently sold the family business, but the hardware store's family name still remains in honor of the many years the anchor business has faithfully served the community. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Longtime respected businessman Tom Kuempel was born on Feb. 4, 1939, to Jack and Hildegarde (Lake) Kuempel. 

"I grew up and out in Guttenberg," the 81-year-old jokingly replied.

Wed
12
Feb

Farm Bureau expands services to include wealth management

By Caroline Rosacker

Farm Bureau Insurance has been serving Iowa Farmers for the past 81 years. The insurance company was founded in Des Moines in 1939 when the state Farm Bureau created the Iowa Farm Mutual Insurance Company in an effort to meet the unique liability needs of Iowa farmers. 

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